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Rugunda calls for partnerships in health

The Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) has started an advocacy arm aimed at addressing health issues affecting Ugandans and also to provide the right platform for dialogue between the private health sector and the government.

The arm, called the Private Sector Health Advocacy Committee (PSHAC), was launched recently during the annual general meeting of Uganda Healthcare Federation, the umbrella body for the private health sector. The Health minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, welcomed this move and emphasised the need for more public private partnerships “to accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Uganda.”

The PSHAC is chaired by the Uganda Health Care Federation and includes other members like Uganda Insurers Association, PSFU, Johns Hopkins University - Centre for Communication Programmes, Uganda Manufacturers Association, Uganda Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association and Uganda Private Medical Practitioners Association.

“Our objective is to increase awareness among the various stakeholders - donors and government, about issues affecting the private health care sector,” said Dr Ian Clarke, the chairman Uganda Health Care Federation.

Clarke, also chairman of PSHAC, added that PSHAC would provide an authoritative voice that could advocate for increased government funding towards the health care sector. Meanwhile, Gideon Badagawa, the PSFU Executive Director, encouraged the private sector corporations in health and other sectors to join and support the initiative that was aimed at enhancing productivity and efficiency.

kimbowa@observer.ug

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